The transcripts of the trial of Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia. More…

  • Good morning. We will take appearances first, please.

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning, your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. For the Prosecution this morning, Brenda J Hollis, Maja Dimitrova and Nicholas Koumjian.

  • [Open session]

  • [The accused not present]

  • [Upon commencing at 9.33 a.m.]

  • Good morning, Madam President. Good morning your Honours. Good morning, counsel opposite. Appearing for the Defence this morning are Terry Munyard, myself Morris Anyah. And our intern Mr Hawi Alot.

  • Mr Anyah, I note that the accused is not present in court. We have received notification from the detention authorities that Mr Taylor will not be attending court today and he has voluntarily waived his right to be present. Are you aware of this?

  • Yes, that is indeed the case, Madam President. I also received the same correspondence this morning in court from the head of the office, Mr Gregory Townsend.

  • Very well then. We deem it right that we should proceed pursuant to Rule 60 of the rules of procedure.

    Madam Witness, I am going to remind you that you took an oath yesterday to tell the truth and today that oath is still binding on you as you continue with your evidence.

    However, before the witness continues with her evidence in cross-examination, there was a matter raised by the Defence yesterday in relation to two documents that were about to be put to the witness. The Defence did object to these two documents being put to the witness for various reasons and this is the ruling of the Court on those two documents.

    The first of the documents is a web page from the website of Lonestar Cell Liberia.